This was supposed to be, in simple terms, the Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes. Before the college basketball season, before Kansas’ early-round exit in the NCAA Tournament, before Joel Embiid rocketed up draft boards, the general thinking was pretty clear.
Andrew Wiggins would go to Kansas for a year. He would declare for the NBA Draft. He would become the No. 1 pick.
On the day the NBA Draft lottery order will be unveiled, the top of the draft is a little murkier. Wiggins is still projected to be the No. 1 pick in many places — depending on where you look — but former Duke forward Jabari Parker and Embiid could challenge for the top spot before draft night on June 26.
Will Wiggins still go No. 1? We won’t know that answer for weeks, but starting tonight, we will know which teams will have the best chance to select Wiggins, Parker and Embiid.
Here’s a quick primer on tonight’s lottery proceedings:
1. Milwaukee Bucks, 25 percent
2. Philadelphia 76ers, 19.9 percent
3. Orlando Magic, 15.6 percent
4. Utah Jazz, 11.9 percent
5. Boston Celtics, 8.8 percent
6. Los Angeles Lakers, 6.3 percent
7. Sacramento Kings, 3.6 percent
8. Detroit Pistons, 3.5 percent
9. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1.7 percent
10. New Orleans, 1.1 percent
11. Denver Nuggets, 0.8 percent
12. New York Knicks, 0.7 percent
13. Minnesota Timberwolves, 0.6 percent
14. Phoenix Suns, 0.5 percent
Three places Wiggins could land:
Three places Embiid could land: